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Gibbs & Sanogo out for tonight’s Besiktas clash 0

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed left-back Kieran Gibbs and striker Yaya Sanogo will both be missing from tonight’s Champions League qualifier against Besiktas due to minor injuries. Midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be fit to feature, however.

“We left Kieran Gibbs at home. He had to come off during the game with a hamstring problem,” said Wenger. “He will be out for two or three weeks.”

“Flamini, who was sick, is here. Sanogo stayed at home because he has a little hamstring problem and he was not comfortable this morning.”

QPR in bid for Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin 0

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to numerous sources, Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is being eyed up by newly-promoted Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

The Hoops want the 23-year-old on loan for the season, with manager Harry Redknapp admitting his side are short on options in the middle of the park.

Coquelin, a French U21 international, has struggled to break into the Gunners first-team. He’s been loaned out to FC Lorient and SC Freiburg in a bid to continue his development with first-team football, and the midfielder only has a year to go on his deal so it’s make or break time.

Ramsey’s rise to prominence the real reason Wenger didn’t want Fabregas this summer 5

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for former midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer, but the Spaniard revealed manager Arsene Wenger pulled out of the deal because Mesut Ozil could play his role. However, was he really thinking of Aaron Ramsey?

The Welsh international has been Arsenal best midfielder for the last 12 months due to his scoring and creating antics in the middle of the park. He scored 10 goals and made eight assists in 23 Premier League games last season.

Besiktas vs. Arsenal: Champions League Preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Today, Arsenal travel to Istanbul, Turkey to face Besiktas in the Champions League qualifiers on Tuesday to book their place in the competition for a 16th successive season.

The Gunners are coming off the back of a 2-1 opening day win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, while their Turkish opponents recently thrashed a strong Feyenoord side 5-2 on aggregate in the previous qualifying round.

Arsenal will likely feature a similar eleven to that which beat Palace in their previous game, with their German trio Mesut Ozil, Per Merteacker and Lukas Podolski to be rested until next weekend. That means Calum Chambers will line up alongside Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy will keep his place at right-back.

Big improvement needed for Everton clash next week 0

Posted on August 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal got the new season off to winning ways against Crystal Palace, they were far from impressive. Match-winner Aaron Ramsey alluded to the club’s performances being below-par, but stressed how the result outweighed the need to play well.

However, they have a difficult test against Everton at Goodison Park to come next week, and the Merseyside outfit will be reeling following their two dropped points against newly-promoted Leicester City yesterday afternoon.

It means Roberto Martinez will be all the more desperate to get a result in front of their home fans when Arsenal make the trip, so the Gunners have to put on a much showing or they’ll struggle to get any kind of a result.

Calum Chambers once again impressive in the Arsenal defence 0

Posted on August 17, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

While Arsenal are still in need of another centre-back for cover, summer signing Calum Chambers has showed maturity beyond his years for the Londoners’ games against Manchester City and Crystal Palace so far that manager Arsene Wenger will have been happy to witness.

The former Southampton defence played as a makeshift centre-back in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory against Manchester City, and he was again at the heart of the defence for their opening day victory against Crystal Palace.

Chambers was assured in the role and kept the ball very well in the defence. He boasted a 93% pass accuracy, while making four tackles and he made 52% more touches than any Crystal Palace on the pitch.

Abou Diaby could make the match day squad against Crystal Palace 3

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby could feature for the Gunners against Crystal Palace today, with the Frenchman fit to make the match day squad.

Reports had suggested the 28-year-old picked up a hip injury less than a week ago that would hamper his chances of playing in their first league, but he appears fit to face the Eagles today.

Once compared to the likes of Patrick Vieira, Diaby is a valuable addition in the Arsenal side to break up the play and lay the ball on for a creative player to make chances,

Per Mertesacker’s international retirement ensures lengthy Arsenal stay 1

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker announcing his retirement from Germany off the back of winning this summer’s World Cup, Arsenal should reap the rewards from him putting his focus solely on club football.

This summer, the centre-back is having to miss the first round of Premier League games as he’s recovering from the World Cup campaign. But it will be a thing of the past now he’s ended his time with the Germany national team.

Mertesacker is 29 years of age, but he could be adding many years to his time with the Gunners as international football is very straining on players’ legs during the course of the campaign, and due to major international tournaments played in the summer.

Could Joel Campbell start for Arsenal this weekend? 0

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been full of praise for forward Joel Campbell this summer, and hinted that the Costa Rican may feature in their opening Premier League against Crystal Palace this weekend.

“He has adapted very well, and has a very good spirit and attitude. (Campbell) is a member of my squad at the moment, He had a good preparation and played well (in a friendly) against Benfica. In training he is very focused and eager to do well. I would like to keep him.”

Will Tony Pulis’ departure benefit Arsenal ahead of Crystal Palace clash? 0

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Crystal Palace were a bogey team for many clubs last season following Tony Pulis arrival as manager, but now the influential coach has left just days before the Eagles’ opening game against Arsenal, will it help the Gunners?

Arsenal have had perfect preparations to the new campaign, culminating in their comfortable Community Shield victory. The defence will be as it was in the win against Manchester City, with Wenger recently revealing that centre-back Laurent Koscielny will be fit to start alongside Calum Chambers.

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